Google Will Soon Begin Selling Domain Names, Too
Earlier this month, Google launched its free, new "Google My Business" offering that aims to better connect business owners with the online customers who want to buy their products and services. The new offering will bring together a raft of existing Google services such as Google Maps, Search and Google+ into one place to help business owners and marketers improve customer connections. For business owners on the go, an Android app for Google My Business is available immediately, with an iOS app to follow soon, so that the services can be used with mobile devices, according to Google. In April 2014, Google shared important tips to help businesses improve their mobile Websites to make them easier for customers to use in an effort to increase their ROI. The information centered on subtle Website design factors that can make the difference between customers finalizing their purchases or buying from another site. In March 2014, Google presented a series of free virtual workshops to help small businesses get their products and services online and in front of more customers as part of its "Get Your Business Online Week" event. The online workshops provided advice and assistance for how businesses can move online, as well as creating and posting Websites and more. In April 2013, Google began inviting local small businesses in Kansas City to create their own free Websites and receive a year's worth of free Web hosting so that they could offer their products and services to more customers on the then-fledgling Google Fiber network that was being installed in the area. Google Fiber started bringing its high-speed gigabit Internet and cable television services to the Kansas City area in the fall of 2012 and continues to leverage that investment by getting more local businesses online in an effort to drive the local economy.